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Australian Expert to Help Us In Cyber Security

Australian Expert to Help Us In Cyber Security
Australia’s first Ambassador for Cyber Affairs Tobias Feakin.
May 25
11:00 2017


Australia’s first Ambassador for Cyber Affairs is in Suva to discuss opportunities for cyber capacity building projects in Fiji under Australia’s Cyber Co-operation Programme.

Ambassador Tobias Feakin is expected to provide an update on the development of Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy.

Much of these discussions are set to tackle the rapid increase in cyber crimes.

He said: “To the Australian Government, cyber crime is a very serious risk that values a loss of at least a billion dollars a year in terms of damage to the economy.

“Often there is a big skills gap between what we know are the threats and the responses that should be taken and having people with the right skills to be able to respond to that.”

Mr Feakin said encouraging young people to pursue a career in the cyber security industry and ensuring that universities offer good cyber security courses are one of the many measures that Government can take in addressing this issue.

“Often the private sector knows a lot more about what the threats are in cyber space than governments and plugging into the private sector is incredibly an important part of this.

“It is about having top level prioritisation of the issue and I know the Government of Fiji has been very strong in talking about this publicly which helps the public to understand the risks,” he said.

“Really this visit is about understanding what the issues are and where we can co-operate for the future.”

In terms of moving forward and taking precautionary measures, he advises the public to ensure that their data is backed up in a separate hard drive. This also includes regularly patching the operating system, constantly updating the software and only opening legitimate emails.

He is scheduled to conduct meetings with a range of Fijian interlocutors, including the Permanent Secretary for Defence and National Security Osea Cawaru, and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji Barry Whiteside.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce



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